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Biological control of chalkbrood by anti-fungal bacterial symbionts of bees
Program Honey Bee
Research organisation Australian National University
Objective summary The objectives of this project are to: (i) isolate and characterise from different Australian bee hives the bacteria that produce gluconic acid (identified by us as an antifungal agent) (ii) undertake a detailed study of the fundamental nature of the important bee bacterial association in the gut of the honey bee in Australia and it's role in factors such as hive health. The results of this strategic basic research in studying the nature of the honey bee bacteria will allow us to carry out applied research to determine the feasibility of developing biological control against the important chalkbrood disease.
Project Stage Closed
Project start date Tuesday, January 01, 2002
Project completion date Sunday, November 30, 2008
Journal articles from project Not Available
National priority Safeguarding Australia
Rural priority Biosecurity
RIRDC goal HBE-Reduce the incidence and impact of pests and diseases on the beekeeping and pollination services industries
Principal researcher Murali Nayudu
Research manager Dave Alden
Admin contact Ann Goldwater